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Phrasal and Prepositional verbs present a real problem for the English learner as they are very rarely literal. In other words, it's usually impossible to guess their meaning from their constituent parts. There is no obvious reason why the phrasal verb 'to take on' means to hire, but it does. Try the exercises and see how you do. Reading is one of the best ways to learn some of these verbs as they make a lot more sense in some sort of context.

Phrasal Verbs Multiple Choice 80

Instructions: Click on the answer you think is correct..

1. It's sometimes difficult to pin David _____ to a final decision. He can be a bit vague and you never know exactly where he stands on an issue.
down
off
up
over





Peter is so fed up with his boss that he might just pack the job _____ .
in
out
off
down





3. We're going to have to act _____ the information we've just received. We can't just ignore it. The question is how best to proceed.
on
about
off
over





4. I don't think Peter took John's objections seriously enough. He just brushed them _____ , which was wrong in my opinion as John had made some good points.
on
over
aside
under





5. We've got to get all this stuff boxed _____ and on the truck before it gets dark.
in
out
under
up





6. Blow _____ your birthday candles and then we can cut the cake.
up
out
off
away





7. He's blown a fortune _____ wine, women and song. No wonder he never has any money these days.
in
over
for
on





8. I know he did it but he's refusing to own _____ . He's clearly never going to admit to it.
out
in
off
up





9. I'm afraid it's all compulsory and you can't just opt ____ the bits you don't like.
out to
out from
off from
out of





10. It's sometimes difficult to pin David down. He can be a bit vague and you never know exactly where he stands _____ an issue.
by
in
at
on